Fans of Peaky Blinders are being cautioned not to fall for a conman posing as show star Arthur Shelby who is offering £1,000 meetings with the cast. Under the guise of actor Paul Anderson, the conman has written Instagram messages to followers.
In the BBC blockbuster drama about a 1920s Birmingham crime family, the actual Paul plays Tommy Shelby’s brother. The imposter offers a private “meet and greet” with the celebrities, which includes dinner with the Shelby family and the opportunity to acquire autographs and photos. Yasemin Kaptan, 46, from London, was one among those who received an invitation. She feels she was targeted because she maintains a fan page for Tommy actor Cillian Murphy.
She told the Sunday Mirror: “As soon as I saw the message I contacted the official Peaky Blinders Instagram page and they confirmed that it was a scam. I knew it didn’t look right, he wouldn’t be asking for money.
“I would hate to think that any Peaky Blinders fans get conned by this and pay. I think it is despicable what he is doing. I contacted the real Paul Anderson to tell him what is happening. It isn’t right, it’s a scam.
“I don’t want people joining a fan page to get ripped off.” The con artist pretends to thank fans who comment on posts and asks for their email address for a private chat. Anyone taking the bait is then offered a private meet and greet if they hand over the huge sum.
The message in garbled English reads: “Greetings from the entire management team. The private meet and greet gives you the opportunity to take amazing pictures, autographs, dinner date and also present from the entire management.
“The cost of the meeting is £1,000. The money isn’t the problem, it’s the management rule to make sure our meetings are properly and adequately handled, our lawyer will put into writing immediately payment is made and might be a refundable payment if Mr Paul desires.
After Yasemin alerted the official Peaky Blinders site, they warned fans in a statement: “This is definitely spam, don’t give any money.”